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25th Oct '17 7:15:20 AM Nepeta
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* ''WebComic/{{Chiasmata}}'' 's [[ExpositionFairy Archivist]] takes this trope UpToEleven.
--> "Incorrect. It is not alive. I believe it has been dead for approximately two quadrillion, three hundred and five trillion, forty-three billion, six hundred and fifty-four million, five hundred and twenty-eight thousand, eight hundred and three seconds. The margin of error is one point eight five nine one three seconds, almost intolerably large."
20th Oct '17 12:22:55 AM Trueman001
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* {{Wiki/Wikipedia}} articles sometimes fall victim to this; for instance, the article on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_One_%28roller_coaster%29 The Big One roller coaster]] stated that its £12,000,000 cost to build equated to "$19,669,316" -- which assumes that the cost was '''''exactly''''' £12,000,000.00 to the penny. A far more reasonable statement of the cost would be $20,000,000.

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* {{Wiki/Wikipedia}} articles sometimes fall victim to this; for instance, the article on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_One_%28roller_coaster%29 The Big One roller coaster]] stated that its £12,000,000 cost to build equated to "$19,669,316" -- which assumes assumed that the cost was '''''exactly''''' £12,000,000.00 to the penny. penny (and used the wrong conversion rate anyway; probably the rate current at the time of editing, rather than at the time the coaster opened in 1994). A far more reasonable statement of the cost would be $20,000,000.$20,000,000 (or $18,000,000 if the correct conversion is used).
16th Oct '17 3:32:31 AM DrFraud
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8462437/chapters/27963012 This Gonna Be Good]'':

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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8462437/chapters/27963012 This Gonna Be Good]'':Good]]'':
16th Oct '17 3:32:06 AM DrFraud
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8462437/chapters/27963012 This Gonna Be Good]'':
-->'''Deadpool:''' [Harri] only took out those who got in her way and I didnít stop to play with any bodies but Iím like 87.43257% sure that they were breathing.
28th Sep '17 6:11:16 AM Gosicrystal
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* Fi, the local ExpositionFairy of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', loves to throw out [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect percentages]] any time a possibility arises. Though the numbers are a lot broader than other examples on this page, always a multiple of 5, she still gives them in uncertain situations when such probabilities should be incalculable. As with [[MillionToOneChance most examples of this]], the suggested possibility is ''always'' the case, even though Fi gives probabilities ranging from 40% to 95% (never 100%). Apparently she's not very confident, even though she's always right.
** She does use an absolute one time, however: when [[spoiler: you are about to enter Demise's realm]], Fi tells you [[PointOfNoReturn there is a 0% chance of you returning unless you are able to defeat him.]] The fact that she almost never uses absolutes makes it all the more chilling when she does.
** More comically, the only other time she uses an absolute (100%) is when she is calculating your chances of being irritated by a crow pooping on your head.

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* Fi, the local ExpositionFairy of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', loves to throw out [[IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect percentages]] any time a possibility arises. Though the numbers are a lot broader than other examples on this page, always a multiple of 5, she still gives them in uncertain situations when such probabilities should be incalculable. As with [[MillionToOneChance most examples of this]], the suggested possibility is ''always'' the case, even though Fi gives probabilities ranging from 40% to 95% (never 100%). Apparently she's not very confident, even though she's always right.
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right. She does use an absolute one time, however: when [[spoiler: you are about to enter Demise's realm]], Fi tells you [[PointOfNoReturn there is a 0% chance of you returning unless you are able to defeat him.]] The fact that she almost never uses absolutes makes it all the more chilling when she does.
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does. And more comically, the only other time she uses an absolute (100%) is when she is calculating your chances of being irritated by a crow pooping on your head.
26th Sep '17 8:26:55 PM DrFraud
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* Played for laughs in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2205019/1/Harry-Potter-the-Azkaban-Parody Harry Potter and the Azkaban Parody]]'', where Harry takes every opportunity to point out that he was unjustly incarcerated for "one year, three months, two weeks, four days, seven hours, thirteen minutes and twenty-six seconds."

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* Played for laughs in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2205019/1/Harry-Potter-the-Azkaban-Parody Harry Potter and the Azkaban Parody]]'', where Harry takes every opportunity to point out comment that he was unjustly incarcerated for "one year, three months, two weeks, four days, seven hours, thirteen minutes and twenty-six seconds."
3rd Sep '17 1:22:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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%%* ''{{Amelie}}'', the narrator.

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%%* ''{{Amelie}}'', ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', the narrator.
31st Jul '17 12:36:37 PM garthvader
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** Playing the trope straight, Ritsuko will often give extremely low percentages of success (often something like 0.000234%) to the strategies NERV comes up with against the Angels. Naturally, they usually succeed. [[spoiler:It's justified in that the top brass are secretly following prophetic documents, so they ''know'' the strategy will work, regardless of its conventional probability.]]

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** Playing the trope straight, Ritsuko will often give extremely low percentages of success (often something like 0.000234%) to the strategies NERV comes up with against the Angels. Naturally, they usually succeed. [[spoiler:It's justified in that the top brass are secretly following prophetic documents, so they ''know'' the strategy will work, regardless of its conventional probability. Though it is amusing to speculate that if NERV does everything else the same way, their operating budget could include future lottery winnings.]]
20th Jun '17 11:44:45 PM Nulono
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* In the hard sciences (especially physics and chemistry) the use of significant digits is a necessity to correctly reflect the variations between measuring devices and to understand the meaning of the margin of error (and use it). If you are measuring something to the thousandth decimal place, having a reading that just goes to the tenth decimal place is an incongruity (if you are using the same device you can't have both .005 and .05 as measurements, the second number has to be .050 or something with that added decimal place). All that said, unless you are going into something like particle physics there is almost no real world need to be that precise (i.e. a house isn't going to collapse if you are .5 cm off on the span of a beam). This is also part of the reason a lot of old-line engineers miss slide rules -- taking calculator results too literally frequently leads to false precision when it isn't needed. However, besides physics, in classical analytical chemistry (i.e., the kind that nobody does anymore since the advent of spectrometry and spectroscopy methods: gravimetry, titrations, potentiometric analysis etc.) high precision is ''vital'' if it's a quantitative analysis. Same goes for reagent masses in synthesis. Yes, it can really make a difference if you use 0.572 instead of 0.579 g of a reagent.

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* In the hard sciences (especially physics and chemistry) the use of significant digits is a necessity to correctly reflect the variations between measuring devices and to understand the meaning of the margin of error (and use it). If you are measuring something to the thousandth decimal place, having a reading that just goes to the tenth decimal place is an incongruity (if you are using the same device you can't have both .005 and .05 as measurements, measurements; the second number has to be .050 or something with that added decimal place). All that said, unless you are going into something like particle physics there is almost no real world need to be that precise (i.e. a house isn't going to collapse if you are .5 cm off on the span of a beam). This is also part of the reason a lot of old-line engineers miss slide rules -- taking calculator results too literally frequently leads to false precision when it isn't needed. However, besides physics, in classical analytical chemistry (i.e., the kind that nobody does anymore since the advent of spectrometry and spectroscopy methods: gravimetry, titrations, potentiometric analysis etc.) high precision is ''vital'' if it's a quantitative analysis. Same goes for reagent masses in synthesis. Yes, it can really make a difference if you use 0.572 instead of 0.579 g of a reagent.
17th Jun '17 11:34:01 PM Lapuspuer
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* Often PlayedForLaughs in the comics of Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa, where it became a RunningGag to give the value Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s fortune as [[EleventyZillion some ludicrously huge number]] plus sixteen cents (or similar). In fact, the page image for EleventyZillion is an example of this.
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